Monday, July 23, 2012

Can't Get Enough of Somenub

In lieu of having any Minecraft content I am going to share a video I made for a friend. I sat down yesterday to work on my Nub Seeker series, but instead came across some footage of my buddy giving all he had to a fellow guild member. One thing led to another and I ended up spending a couple hours busting out this video for him.



My apologies to the viewers who live in Germany. Apparently the copyright laws prevents the song from being played there. Well, I hope this brought a little smile to your face to begin the work week. I will catch you guys later.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Cool

Another Sunday brings another Brunch! I hope you guys had a great week! My week was incredibly busy, but I consider it to be a good busy. The highlight of the week for me was on Wednesday when my new window arrived and was installed. I cannot tell you all how happy this makes me, especially with the record setting heat wave that has this part of the States on lock down.

With the new window installed, I hooked up my window air conditioning unit on Thursday and was happily sitting in air conditioning that night. This also provided me with an urge to actually play video games out here on my main system. I hit the arenas in WoW on Thursday evening with my friends from MAS. I followed that up by raiding Friday night for the first time in months.



This time of year is also a lot of fun because it is the Steam Summer Sale! I patiently wait all year for this to come around because of the deals you can get. Sadly, I believe that today is the next to last day. I hope you guys were all aware of this and picked up some great games. In years past I have jumped as soon as I saw the game I wanted, but not this time around. No, this time I decided I would wait and look at each daily deal and/or flash sale for the games I truly wanted. With this method I was able to pick up several great games at savings of 75% off or more. Some of the games I picked up were: Saints Row the Third (and all downloadable content), A Bunch of Heroes, Orcs Must Die, and Terraria among others. I have a couple other games I am hoping to see as daily deals though so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The only other thing that I have been spending a considerable amount of time on is playing Backyard Monsters on Facebook. I love that game and it has me completely addicted. This week they dropped what could be considered a new content patch where you have to defend your yard against waves of enemies and then after a set amount of waves go and attack the enemy's yard. If you have never heard of the game before, then I would recommend you check it out. I would classify it more as a real time strategy game than anything else. It does have some flaws, but for a free game it is still a lot of fun. Perhaps I should do a review of the game at some point down the road...

Well, I think that about wraps things up for this week. If you guys bought some games from the Summer Steam Sale, then tell me about it in the comment section! Hope you all enjoy what is left of your weekend.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Brunch: The Return

I hope you all are doing great today! The sun is shining outside and it looks to be another beautiful day here. Now if we could ditch the humidity, then it would be a near perfect day. As you all know Sunday is the day that we have brunch and talk a little bit about what has been going on in my life recently. With the disclaimer out of the way, then I am assuming that you are still reading because you are interested in the non-gaming side of my life.

This week marked the return to my job. Now I honestly do not think I have mentioned this in the past, but I had been off work for over four months due to some personal health issues. Without going into the specifics of it, the doctor and I felt that it was a good time to tread the waters and see how the stress of working would go. The good news is that I have not yet snapped and hurt anyone. The bad news is that the steering on my car blew out on the second day back. The end story for this week is that I dealt with the stress of returning to work and the car breaking down without having any sort of health issues creep up. So that is a big plus in my book.

This week also saw the launch of the brand new MAS Gaming Community website. I can honestly say that when it comes to that site, I have very little to do other than try to organize some things and provide feedback. The true credit goes to Haqzore (formerly Scrawny). He came to me a couple weeks back and mentioned he had been working on a new site. We talked about some ideas and then opened up to the rest of the community's staff and I think the end result turned out very well. If you guys get a chance, swing by the site and let us know what you think about it. In the future I plan to spend some time here talking about the community we have, but today is not that day.

In closing I just wanted to say that I appreciate you guys for taking time out of your day and stopping by here. I truly miss when I do not get to post and it feels good to (hopefully) get back on track. Well, go and enjoy what is left of your weekend and I will see you guys later!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Apologies

Have you ever read one of those "How To" types of articles? You know the kind that lists step by step instructions on how to achieve things. Well, I use to way back when I first started blogging. I would seek these articles out and attempt to follow their guidance in hopes of improving myself. I then would fail miserably and begin to loathe myself for being unsuccessful. One thing that was pretty consistent in those type of articles, was the concept of never apologizing for anything.

Fortunately for me, as time progressed, I quit trying to compare myself to the check list of failure and instead worked on just being me. Which by the way, is a full time job! I basically chucked those horrible guides out the window and decided that the world did not need a million clones, but probably could use one more individual. So having said that, I am now going to apologize to all of you for not having content up on my regular schedule.

The last two weeks have been two of the most stressful, nerve wrecking weeks that I have ever had. If it could go wrong, then it did go wrong. The good news is that I survived each disaster and have found myself actually able to laugh them off. So at the end of this short post, I just want to say thank you for your continued support here at the blog and look for much more content in the near future.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

20 - My Favorite WoW Item

Another Thursday has dawned upon us and with it comes another post in the ongoing series of 20! Today's topic is my favorite item in World of Warcraft! This is a really hard question to answer because I think it depends on what character I am playing. Now I could take the easy way out on this and just list my favorite item(s) for Ruhtra because this is a blog about Holy Paladins right? Well, I do not believe in easy and so I am going to attempt to go through all of my characters that I actively use. If you need a bathroom break, then you may want to go before I get into this! I am just kidding, but I am going to break down the list into specific categories like which will be gear, mounts, and vanity pets.

Favorite Gear

This is an extremely difficult decision here because I have a lot of gear scattered across all of my characters; however, at the end of the day I have to go with my single favorite item... Kang the Decapitator! I had this bad boy drop for Ruhtra way back when I was first leveling him in the Hinterlands. At the time, I was in need of a lot of gold in order to complete the quest for my epic mount and Kang fit the bill for earning me a big pay day. I really hated to sell it, but I knew I needed the gold more than a weapon that would become obsolete in the Outland zones. It dropped a second time for me when I was leveling my Hunter in the Hinterlands as well. With no transmogrification around and my Paladin well beyond the level of it being useful, I once again sold the axe. Quite some time later, there was a guild member who had been leveling a Rogue and sure enough, Kang dropped for them. I believe this was during the early days of Wrath. The Rogue did not want the item and was having a hard time selling it on the auction house. I stepped in with an offer to trade them an old world epic dagger for Kang. They agreed since the dagger would be useful for them. I was ecstatic to say the least. I immediately sent the axe to my Warrior, Muel. To this day, Muel has it safely stored within his bank where some day in the future he will transmogrify other weapons to resemble my favorite piece of gear.

Some other items that were considered were: my current transmogrified gear set on Ruhtra (made to look like a Blood Knight), my Warrior's (Galran) complete Scarlet Crusade gear set, the bow from Kara that my Hunter (Lrem) uses for transmogrification, and Quel'delar (Ruhtra). While all of these items are awesome and somewhat difficult to obtain, I feel Kang the Decapitator wins hand down due to the history of the axe with me and also the rarity of the old epic world drops.

Favorite Mount

While some items might create much more debate, the Time Lost Proto Drake wins hand down here. Of all the mounts I have, this is the only mount that cannot be earned. It can only be obtained by luck. The only other mounts that would give it a run for the money would be the old ZA and ZG mounts; however, I do not have them and so there is no competition in my stable for favored mount.

Favorite Vanity Pet

This category is by far the hardest for me to choose from because I use different pets for each of my characters and they all are special to me because of this; however, I must select one who shall rule the others. I believe that I shall have to go with my little Teldrassil Sproutling. I call him my pocket healer and anywhere the Ru goes, so too goes he. Mr. Grubbs came in a close second though due to his leaping for joy!

So you guys now know my favorites. What item gives you the most pride in World of Warcraft? Leave your comments and share you stories! I will catch you guys tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Here in the States we spend this day, July 4th, celebrating the birth of this great nation. So for those of you that read the blog here in the States, have a happy and sage fourth of July!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Too Hot for Brunch!

Alright, so I have been attempting to write this post now for about an hour or so. You see I am a creature of habit. I have certain routines I like to follow. If something throws me off though, I then suffer and have a very difficult time regaining my focus. Enter now the ridiculous heatwave that has settled on a large part of the States. Now the heat is not really too bad given the proper precautions of drinking plenty of water and attempting to stay cool. The cool part has got me slightly baffled. My newly established office is lacking an air conditioner. It is also lacking a window that opens. This basically makes it comparable to the "box" in prison movies.


The good news is that I did talk to a contractor who has ordered the window and once it arrives he will be out to install it. I then shall be able to add a window air conditioning unit and avert any more heat issues. Now had he only responded sooner to my original call, I could have avoided undue sweating...

So I was thinking the other day that things could not get worse. I should really learn not to think such things as Murphy's Law always comes back to haunt me. I was attempting to have a semi-peaceful day on Sunday when my wife came out to my office. It was not a "I want to hang out" type of visit though. No, it was a "my computer just blew up kind of visit". I head inside to investigate the issue and it would appear that the second brand new video card has fried itself. Well, at least that is my assumption. I am trying to get one of my brother's friends to come out and provide me with his professional opinion... for free. If it is the video card, then I think I am going to just buy one separate from the company where the computer was purchased. I hate to spend additional funds on it (because I do not have the extra money), but I also do not want a very expensive paper weight sitting on my wife's desk.

Of course with her new computer out of action, I now have an office buddy. Well, they say misery loves company and I cannot think of anything more miserable than hundred degree temperatures with high humidity and no air conditioning. At least I have a nice refrigerator with plenty of cold drinks in it. On a side note, you can most assuredly expect a review of the experience I have had with buying this alleged "gaming" PC from a "gaming" PC company. Lesson learned, I should have just built the computer myself.

So that pretty much sums up my weekend. Well, aside from an afternoon doctor's appointment on Saturday. With the oppressive heat and computer frustration, I just decided to attempt to relax for what little bit of the weekend was left and write Sunday Brunch today. You guys don't mind though do you? Anyone else suffering through this heatwave beside me? If so, share you story because misery truly does love company. Stay cool guys and I will catch you guys tomorrow!